Dr. Maya Angelou is a celebrated poet, memoirist, novelist, educator, dramatist, producer, actress, historian, filmmaker, and civil rights activist.
She has served on two presidential committees, was awarded the Presidential Medal of Arts in 2000, the Lincoln Medal in 2008, and has received 3 Grammy Awards. Her script, Georgia, Georgia, the first by an African American woman ever to be filmed, was nominated for a Pulitzer Prize. Dr. Angelou has also received over 30 honorary degrees and is Reynolds Professor of American Studies at Wake Forest University.
Probably best known for her memoir I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings, which she wrote with the support and guidance of her friend novelist James Baldwin, Angelou continues to rise to the top of whatever field she chooses to pursue.
With this in mind, let’s all hit the pause buttons on our lives for a few minutes and check out this powerful yet playful reading of And Still I Rise, one of the most beloved poems ever written by an American.